Allergist/Immunologist  What They Do

Just the Facts

Diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Diagnoses or treats allergic or immunologic conditions.
  • Orders or performs diagnostic tests such as skin pricks and intradermal, patch, or delayed hypersensitivity tests.
  • Educates patients about diagnoses, prognoses, or treatments.
  • Develops individualized treatment plans for patients, considering patient preferences, clinical data, or the risks and benefits of therapies.
  • Prescribes medication such as antihistamines, antibiotics, and nasal, oral, topical, or inhaled glucocorticosteroids.
  • Documents patients' medical histories.
  • Assesses the risks and benefits of therapies for allergic and immunologic disorders.
  • Conducts physical examinations of patients.
  • Interprets diagnostic test results to make appropriate differential diagnoses.
  • Provides therapies, such as allergen immunotherapy or immunoglobin therapy, to treat immune conditions.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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